Renaux put in a sensational ride during his first-ever visit to Patagonia as a 450cc rider. The 21-year-old Frenchman powered his YZ450FM to a top-three start and rode 20 incredible laps, nine of which he led after inheriting the lead on lap 12, to secure his first-ever premier class race win.
At the same time, Seewer followed Renaux around turn-one to make up the top-three but was shuffled back to fourth position by Tim Gajser. The Patagonia Race Track demands respect; its dark and grainy volcanic soil is always described as tricky to navigate because of the many hidden square-edged bumps and its hard-to-read surface. Many riders were caught out by the deceiving nature of the circuit, one of which was the early race leader Pauls Jonass. Seewer opted for a safe and steady approach and settled for a third-place finish in Race 1.
After starting outside of the top-10, Coldenhoff did his best to attack the tricky and deceptive circuit and eventually fought back to eighth.
In the second and final race of the day, Renaux put in another mind-blowing ride. The young Frenchman charged from sixth to second position in the first three laps of the race but had unfortunately lost too much valuable time to the current MXGP Championship Leader, Gajser, and had to settle for second position. Still, no mean feat for the rookie, tying on points for a Grand Prix win in just his third-ever MXGP attempt. As a result, the ‘959’ has moved up to second in the MXGP Championship Standings.
Seewer got off to another decent start, inside the top-five, but suffered an enormous crash over one of the biggest jumps on the track. The Swiss sensation put in an awe-inspiring ride through the field and managed to fight back to 13th position before crashing again. After another heavy knock, the ‘91’ remounted his YZ450FM but had to withdraw from the race as he was not feeling well.
Coldenhoff had to work hard after another mediocre start as he did in the opening race. After making some changes to his suspension settings, the Dutchman finally felt better on the track and was able to charge back to a sixth-place finish.
Going into the next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship that will take place in Agueda, Portugal, on the weekend of April 3rd, Renaux is second in the MXGP Championship Standings 17-points off the lead. Seewer is fourth, only 6-points shy of the top-three, while Coldenhoff has moved up to eighth.
For full results from the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina, click here.